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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 34 – Inclusion

June 9th, 2017 Comments off

We observed the 1 minute silence for victims of London terrorist attack on Tuesday. In this week’s assemblies we explored the theme of Inclusion and Diversity and an understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. We also looked at how unfortunately with the attacks in Manchester and London, a small minority will try and ruin this positive relationship between different people and how they falsely use religion or their political beliefs as an excuse to use violence and terror on innocent people.

The assembly presentation can be viewed here.

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 32 – Politics

May 25th, 2017 Comments off

This week we are gearing up for the general election. Miss Lowing held assemblies all week to talk about why young people should be engaged in politics and to introduce the main parties and what they stand for. On Thursday 8th June students will be voting in the Harrow Way General Election. Students have been encouraged to talk to everyone about politics. Please do continue these conversations at home but we want students to make up their own minds!

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 29 – General Election – Education

May 5th, 2017 Comments off

As I am sure you know, the Prime Minister has called a General Election on 8th June. As with any General Election, there will be many issues which will be at stake when the nation votes. I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of the major education issues of the moment, and their impact on Harrow Way. My hope is that you will ask the candidates about these issues, find out where the different parties stand on them, and use what you find out to help you when you decide where to place your “X” on June 8th.

Issue 1: School funding

This is the major issue facing schools – including Harrow Way – at the moment. Schools have been on a “flat cash” funding arrangement for several years. This means that the amount of funding we receive has remained exactly the same with no prospect of any increase. However, from this “flat cash” we have been required to pay out more as cost pressures continue to rise. For example:

  • Pay rises and rising costs due to inflation have been unfunded.
  • Employer contribution on teachers’ pensions rose 2.38% from September 2015 – this has been unfunded.
  • Main band National Insurance employer contributions increased in April 2016 by 3.4% – this has been unfunded.

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Headteacher’s Blog – Week 28 – ‘Fresh Starts’ Harrow Way 50th Year Anniversary

April 28th, 2017 Comments off

As you will be aware this year marks the 50th Year Anniversary, when Harrow Way opened its doors in September 1967. I mentioned this in assembly to the students this week and we had some time reflecting on the decade it all started in 1960!

When looking at this amazing decade, I could have chosen from such a wide range of events, movements, and people – I was spoilt for choice! But for me, the iconic image of the 1960s comes from the end of the decade.

The moon landings still represent the zenith of human scientific achievement. I have written before about the so-called “moonshot thinking” of President Kennedy who, in September 1962, gave a speech at Rice Stadium where he said that America would put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Read more…

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 25 – Family Matters

March 21st, 2017 Comments off

This week assemblies were held by Head’s of House. The House assemblies this week revolved around the theme of family. Ms Pittman made a touching video about all the different types of family of which we, as a school community, are part. We went on to celebrate the achievements of our House ‘families’ through Ms Beynon-Thomas’ series of prize draws for our top stamp earning individuals and tutor groups.

Finally, Mr Manson’s section previewed an exciting opportunity for the green-fingered members of our community to help develop the newest addition to our farm – the vegetable plot! Each house is to have its own plot and we are hoping to grow enough vegetables to be able to have a home grown cookery competition when harvest time rolls around. The individual houses will also be given flower boxes with which they can brighten up the railings at the front of the school. As the plan is to link the flowers to the house colours, expect to see the yellow Hawks’ box bulging with daffodils, the red Kestrels’ roses in bloom and the blue Buzzards struggling to find anything appropriate. Bluebells? Cornflower? All suggestions gratefully received.

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 24 – Islamophobia

March 13th, 2017 Comments off

This week Miss Lowing explored the theme of Islamophobia. We acknowledged that there is a lot of press and internet coverage of atrocities committed by so-called Muslim groups and that young people could be forgiven for thinking that Islam is a violent religion. However, with the help of Tarik and Harry in Year 7, Miss Lowing explained that the world’s fastest growing religion is based on tolerance, understanding and compassion for others.

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 23 – Literacy

March 6th, 2017 Comments off

This week assemblies were lead by Mr Serridge, based on Literacy. We have also celebrated World Book Day and concentrated on oral communication in lessons.

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 20 – LGBT History Month

February 13th, 2017 Comments off

This week tutor teams presented to their respective year groups on LGBT History Month. Linking their assemblies to Article 2 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Article 2: You have the right to protection against discrimination. This means that nobody can treat you badly because of your colour, sex or religion, if you speak another language, have a disability, or are rich or poor.

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 19 – House Assemblies

February 13th, 2017 Comments off

This week assemblies were presented by the Heads of Houses. Emphasis was given to the importance of participation in the community, by taking up a hobby, playing for a sports team, joining a local drama group or attending other social events.

Headteacher’s Blog – Week 18 – Holocaust Memorial Day

January 27th, 2017 Comments off

The 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day and also marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. To commemorate this, assemblies this week have been looking at this year’s theme of ‘how can Life go on?’.

Mrs Essop, Curriculum Leader of Humanities, presented this assembly with students from Year 11, some of whom visited the Concentration camps in Krakow last year. They looked at the Holocaust but also the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

The presentation can be viewed here.